The Postinvasion Blues

As time passes, Latin criticism of the U.S. action grows

After the U.S. invasion of Panama, the Bush Administration quietly passed the word that however much other Latin American nations might protest in public, their leaders were privately pleased that American troops had stepped in to oust General Manuel Antonio Noriega. A month later, with U.S. soldiers still patrolling Panama City and the U.S.-installed government struggling to assert its control, support for the invasion is beginning to fray. Today there is every indication that the invasion is doing new damage to U.S.-Latin American relations, which had only just begun to recover from the strains of the Reagan era. Last week signs...

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